MSU’s Bridges to Stay for Sophomore Season
Miles Bridges will stay at Michigan State for his sophomore season. Bridges told a big crowd that had gathered at the school’s Sparty statue on Thursday night. The 6-foot-7 forward from Flint says he’s coming back to chase a national championship. Bridges led the Spartans with 16.7 points per game. That’s the highest average for an MSU freshman since Magic Johnson scored 17 per game during the 1977-78 season.
The Tigers lost to the Twins 11-5. The Tigers took two of three from the Twins. Miguel Cabrera had his first home run of the season to give the Tigers an early lead. The Tigers led 2-0 but Minnesota would score the next 11 runs over four innings. Jordan Zimmerman was wild, giving up 4 walks, and takes the loss for the Tigers. Zimmerman (1-1) allowed five runs in just 4 2/3 innings. The Twins teed off on reliever Anibal Sanchez for six runs in just 1 1/3 innings. Tigers rookie Joe Jimenez made his debut for the Tigers, pitching a solid 9th. Justin Upton also homered as part of the Tigers nine-hit day. The Tigers are in Cleveland tonight for the first of three against the American League Champs. Daniel Norris will start for the Tigers. Broadcast time is 6:45 tonight on 95.3 WBCK. After an off day Monday, the Tigers play on the road at Tampa and Minnesota. They have a 10-game home stand starting on April 25th.
4th MSU Player Suspended
A fourth Michigan State football player is being investigated in connection with criminal sexual misconduct.Todd Heywood of lansingcitypulse reports that Ingham County prosecutors said Thursday the investigation is separate from the one stemming from a January incident involving three players, whose suspensions were announced February 9th. The names of all players have not been released, and no charges have been announced.
The Washington Capitals beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup playoff series.
The Nashville Predators had a 1-0 win over the top-seeded Blackhawks in Chicago.
The Anaheim Ducks took Game 1 beating Calgary 3-2.
N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
San Jose at Edmonton, 10:30 p.m.
NBA playoffs get rolling on Saturday.
Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m.
Milwaukee at Toronto, 5:30 p.m.
Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m.
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m
The Detroit Red Wings, for the first time in their history, will take part in the NHL draft lottery, April 29 in Toronto. The Red Wings have 6.7 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. Also in the lottery are Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, Buffalo and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The NHL draft is June 23 and June 24.
The Detroit Lions will have a new look next season. They unveiled new, Nike Vapor Untouchable uniforms Thursday night for season-ticket holders at Ford Field. Detroit will have home, away, “color rush ,” and throwback uniforms.
Zac Wassink writes on bleacherreport.com that the Lions’ main color will still be Honolulu Blue, as it has been since 1934, on their home uniforms that will have dark, steel grey numbers instead of white numerals. They will wear “color rush,” uniforms for the first time, sporting grey jerseys and pants, and throwbacks for the first time since 2010.
The uniforms weigh just 20.4 ounces and repel water and have improved ventilation. Lions President Rod Wood says the team has modernized its appearance and is giving players the latest and best uniform technology.
High School Baseball
Lakeview swept Portage Northern, 7-2 and 6-3.
Coldwater shutout Marshall twice, 2-0 and 10-0.
Decatur beat Bellevue 9-0.
Parma Western swept Pennfield, 11-0 and 13-6.
Coldwater swept Marshall, 11-0 and 13-2.
Athens took a pair from Tekonsha, 15-4 and 14-3.
Marshall 7, Leslie 0.
Lakeview 8, Kalamazoo Central 0.
Hackett 6, Marshall 2.
Three Rivers 7, Galesburg Augusta 1.
Track and Field
At the Lakeview Invite, Lakeview won the girls meet, beating the other five teams.
Portage Central won the boys’ meet.
Bud Cauley is the leader through one round of the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ chairman Dan Rooney has died at 84. Rooney took over operation of the team in the 1960s from his father, Art, who founded the franchise. He made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.